TRI-CITIES, Wash.--In order to be eligible for a cash reward, people must call 586-TIPS (8477) or (800)-222-TIPS.
In some cases, that is not happening.
The information you have also has to lead to an arrest or if it's a stolen car, simply helping police get the vehicle back would make you eligible.
Since 1985, Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers has given out close to $58,000 dollars in reward money.
Tips have also helped police recover items, totaling more than one million dollars. We received an anonymous complaint about someone not getting paid for their tip.
Here are a few possible reasons why.
"If a person calls 911, they stop and talk to an officer on the street, they know somebody and they call the business office," mentions Kennewick police Crime Prevention Specialist, Mike Blatman. They are not eligible for a reward to Crime Stoppers."
If you do end up receiving $500 or $1,000 dollars for your tip, that money was donated. Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization.
They rely on fundraising events like the Cardboard Boat Races or Shred Day.
You might think everyone who calls Crime Stoppers is looking for a reward. That isn't always the case. Blatman says callers are more concerned about their privacy.